Over more than thirty years, BROWN+STOREY’s award-winning projects have changed the scope and expectations for public projects in Canada’s cities.
Our office has designed many of Toronto’s best known streets and public spaces, including the West Toronto Railpath, Yonge-Dundas Square, and the revitalization of St. George Street and College Street. We have produced significant new parks to accompany development–Massey-Harris Park in Toronto’s booming King West neighbourhood–and others that have helped to spur redevelopment and renewal, as has been the case with the West Toronto Railpath. We have also led small and large renewal projects for the most-beloved of existing parks, including Chatham-Kent’s Kingston Park and St. Hilda’s Walk in Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods Park. We have advocated for and implemented urban design in innovative places, bringing principles of material quality, user experience, enhanced spatial connections and sustainable landscapes and technologies to transit stations, to transportation corridors, and to water treatment infrastructure and other industrial facilities.
Our innovative civil design practice has provided architectural and urban design services for a growing portfolio of water and wastewater treatment plants, reservoirs and pumping stations. BROWN+STOREY works with engineers and public utility managers to integrate large infrastructure and plant installations into their surrounding communities and landscapes. In the case of our plant designs, we create effective working environments that link administration, primary plant and auxiliary services and that accommodate future growth, retrofits and changing attitudes and programs. We also believe strongly that community and environmental integration should not begin or end with a choice between camouflage, burial or standard fencing—wherever possible, investments in public and private infrastructure should be leveraged to create or enhance public spaces, neighbourhood and ecological connections, and public understanding of infrastructural functions and the important work of the engineer.
James Brown and Kim Storey founded their office in 1981, and in their thirty-three years of practice have developed a reputation for commitment and a distinctive ‘hands-on’ approach to all of their work. The office provides excellent and responsive service to its clients, working to bring a new vision to the role of urban design in the built form and public realms of our cities.
The multi-disciplinary professionals at BROWN+STOREY – urban designers, architects, landscape designers, technologists and visualization experts – specialize in developing projects which are sensitized to current ideas of public space, recreation, heritage, economic development and infrastructure renewal. BROWN+STOREY projects reflect a highly cultivated expertise in bridging professional disciplines to bring a ‘connectedness’ and enduring quality to their completed sites and the neighbourhoods that host them.